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2009-02-26 10:04:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Large urban school systems have been the weakest link in American education, driving middle-class families into the suburbs and contributing to a learning gap between the races. Activist mayors in several major cities have responded by taking control of their public schools. The new Brookings Institution Press book When Mayors Take Charge is the most up-to-date assessment available on the governance of urban schools and the role mayors can play...

2009-02-05 07:10:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CTR) today reported sales of $52.4 million for the four weeks ended January 31, 2009 as compared to sales of $56.4 million for the four weeks ended February 2, 2008, a decrease of 7%. Comparable store sales for the month decreased 10% from last year. Sales for fiscal fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009 were $209.1 million, flat to sales of $209.4 million for the fourth quarter ended February 2, 2008....

2006-07-01 03:06:08

By Steve James NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you look west from Germany you will see the United States stifling a yawn at the World Cup. Despite a doubling of television ratings for the first-round matches this month, before the U.S. squad failed miserably, soccer still ranks below televised poker tournaments in a land where baseball, basketball and American football rule. ABC-TV's average rating of 2.5 for the first eight matches it aired represents barely 8 million viewers in a nation...

2006-06-30 07:41:06

By Steve James NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you look west from Germany these days you'll see America stifling a yawn at the World Cup. Despite a doubling of TV ratings for the first-round matches this month, before the U.S. squad failed miserably, soccer still ranks below televised poker tournaments in a land where baseball, basketball and American football rule. To put it in context, ABC-TV's average rating of 2.5 for the first eight matches it aired represents barely 8 million viewers...

2006-06-15 13:30:09

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that evidence could be used even when the police entered a suspect's home illegally by failing to knock on the door or announce their presence. By a 5-4 vote, splitting along conservative-liberal lines, the high court ruled that a police violation of the so-called knock-and-announce rule does not require that the evidence seized during the search be thrown out. The court's newest member,...

2006-01-10 12:13:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a disabled prisoner may sue a state for money damages under the Americans with Disability Act for conduct that also violated his constitutional rights. But the high court put off a decision on the more important question of whether states could be sued and held liable for violations of the federal disabilities law alone. The case involved a paraplegic Georgia prisoner, Tony Goodman, who said in his lawsuit...

2005-09-30 17:32:57

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday criticized as "not appropriate" a comment from former Education Secretary William Bennett that aborting black babies would reduce the U.S. crime rate. Bennett, a conservative radio commentator, stirred outrage for saying on his talk show on Wednesday: "But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country and your...

2005-09-30 13:55:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday criticized as "not appropriate" a comment from former Education Secretary William Bennett that aborting black babies would reduce the crime rate. Bennett, a conservative radio commentator, stirred outrage for saying on his talk show on Wednesday: "But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go...

2005-08-07 10:28:31

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts will be grilled on matters from abortion to civil rights when his Senate confirmation hearing opens, but a key issue is how much the 50-year-old conservative will answer. Getting responses from Roberts on where he stands on issues may be Democrats' only hope of blocking what opponents view as a move by President Bush to shift the nation's top court to the right. If confirmed, Roberts, a federal appeals judge,...

2004-11-29 15:00:10

U.S. analysts Monday said Bush administration proposals to send astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars should be put on the budget chopping block. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's fiscal 2005 budget gives it wide latitude to direct money toward Bush's new space vision but Alice Rivlin, former White House budget director under President Clinton, and Bill Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute, both told a Brookings Institute forum on domestic policy in the second...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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